Imps Round Up: ST update, pre-season starts and former Imp bags new club

The club have released an open letter by Clive which explains the current situation with both season ticket windows and share certificates.

Part of the offer for the curtailed season included an opportunity to have your refund converted into shares, which Clive reveals was taken up by 80% of ST holders. That’s a great effort from those who could afford to do it and, as he discusses in the letter, the share certificates will be issued in due course. The club are also redecorating the player’s tunnel to feature the names of everyone who could convert to shares as a further thank you.

He also mentions that a second season ticket window will come into play very soon, hopefully answering the query from a number of supporters who didn’t renew in the first window, but will want to in the future. A word of caution from me; don’t expect that getting a season tiket will get you into every game. The likelihood is we will have 5,000 ST holders by the time the season kicks off on September 12th, but when supporters are allowed in, we’ll probably only be allowed a portion of that in the ground. It will be a challenging time for the club logistically, and I hope all ST holders are aware that simply committing to a ticket won’t mean entry to every game.

“Whilst we do have confirmation that the 2020/21 league season will begin on the 12th September 2020, we still await guidance on whether crowds will be allowed within LNER Stadium,” writes Clive.

“Nonetheless, many of our loyal fans have asked whether there will be another opportunity to renew their season tickets. Over the coming days, we will be announcing dates for a second window to give supporters an opportunity to renew if they have not already done so. More information regarding this will be communicated with you via the Club’s website, social channels and email.

“Once again, I thank you all for your patience over the last few months and I look forward to seeing you cheering on the Imps soon at LNER Stadium.”

We all hope that the craziness that is 2020 will subside in some way, but that won’t be immediate and I strongly feel that the generosity and commitment of the supporters will be a deciding factor in how we progress over the coming months. If the ST share offer is anything to go by, we will be okay.

Clive’s letter can be found in full on the club’s official site, here.

The club have also returned to pre-season training this week, with a clear bill of health after a round of Covid-19 testing. A few social media videos have appeared with Tom Hopper scoring a tap in and players being given temperature tests in their cars upon entering the training ground. It is exciting, in a manner, because it shows a desire to move forward and progress, even under tough conditions. A couple of months ago we didn’t know if there would be a club to come back to, so the scenes are more than welcomed!

Finally, for now, former Imp Neal Eardley has today penned a one-year deal with Burton Albion.

The popular 31-year-old left the club at the end of last season having played a pivotal role in our League Two title win, our EFL Trophy win and last season’s consolidation in League One. Brewers boss Jake Buxton is delighted to have bagged Eards, saying:

“We wanted to get the deal sorted as soon as we possibly could, as we knew that there was interest from elsewhere in Neal. I’m delighted that everything’s now been finalised and that he’s a Burton Albion player.

“He was keen to sign and was blown away by the solid foundations that have been built at the club by the owner (Ben Robinson) and his family.

“He’s a seasoned professional and is vastly experienced throughout the Football League – his promotions speak for themselves.

“He’s been known by many as The Postman,” Buxton added. “His general quality of delivering the ball into the right areas is excellent, particularly from dead-ball situations, so I think the nickname’s a tribute to these abilities that he possesses.”

We wish Eards all the best, apart from in matches against us.

Courtesy Graham Burrell